County seeking participants for earthquake drill on Oct. 20

More than 646,000 county residents have signed up for the Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill, which will take place at 10:20 a.m. on Oct. 20 or — 10:20 on 10/20 — and the county wants more to participate.

“We are challenging our residents, community and business leaders to register for the ShakeOut drill and make earthquake preparedness part of their emergency plan,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Horn said in a press release. “The Great California ShakeOut drill starts the community thinking about personal preparedness and workplace safety.”

The press release noted people “would greatly improve their chances of escaping serious injury or death by taking the safest action: Drop, Cover and Hold On.”

Herman Reddick, interim director of the County Office of Emergency Services, said they are encouraging individuals, families, schools and businesses to do their own earthquake drills during the ShakeoOut as well as at other times during th year.

Rregister for the Great California ShakeOut at

You can also get information about disaster preparedness including earthquake information from the Office of Emergency Services at